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Leading Scotland Out of the Pandemic

First 100 Days: Re-Opening, Preparing These are serious times which require serious government and experienced leadership. The first task of the next Scottish Government will be to keep the virus under control and get Scotland back to as much normality as possible, as quickly as

Pay Rise for NHS Scotland Staff

Uplift for Agenda for Change health workers After positive discussions over recent weeks with NHS Trade Unions and NHS Employers, the Scottish Government has offered a substantial pay rise for NHS Scotland Agenda for Change staff. If accepted by staff, this deal will be most

Free Hospital Car Parking

Jeane Freeman welcomes extension of free hospital car parking Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has confirmed that private finance initiative (PFI) car parking charges at NHS Tayside, NHS Lothian, and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde will remain suspended until further notice. On 30 March 2020, in

Changes to Level 4 Restrictions

More people will be able to socialise outdoors following good progress in suppressing Coronavirus (COVID-19), the First Minister has announced. Up to four adults from two households will be able to meet locally in any outdoor space, including in private gardens, for social and recreational

Phase 2 of Schools Return

More Pupils Back from 15 March Graeme has welcomed the First Minister’s announcement that all remaining primary school children are set to return to school full-time from 15 March – with all secondary pupils returning on a part-time basis from that date. Regulated childcare, including

Phase 2 of Vaccine Rollout

Reaching All Adults Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has welcomed the interim advice set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the next stage of the coronavirus vaccination programme. She has confirmed that vaccination programme will continue in line with this independent

One-Third of Scotland’s Eligible Population Vaccinated

1.5 Million Have Received 1st Dose Graeme has welcomed news that Scotland’s vaccination programme has delivered first doses of the coronavirus vaccine to a third (33.4%) of those eligible – more than 1.5 million people (1,515,980). In addition, the roll-out among those aged 65-69 has

Youngest Pupils Return to Classroom

Remote Learning to Continue for Majority The majority of primary and secondary school pupils will continue with remote learning until at least mid-March while children in early learning and childcare (ELC) and primaries 1 to 3 will return full-time to classrooms from Monday 22 February.

More Than £14m Awarded in Winter Hardship Payments

Financial Help for Families in Need £14.41 million in COVID Winter Hardship Payments has been paid out to support struggling households as part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Plan for Social Protection. A total of 144,128 of the payments have been made by local authorities

Welcome Support for Childminders

Payments to Support Business Sustainability Graeme has welcomed grants of £750 being paid to all registered childminders in Scotland, in order to secure the sustainability of their businesses. Funding of more than £3.2 million has been made available to ensure that all childminders registered with